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There are 90 people who support adults with developmental disabilities on strike in Carleton Place because they want a pension.

To be sure, a pension would be a big advance for these social service sector workers who, despite, high-stress, difficult jobs are not big earners. And big advances are not often easily won.

But the local’s (CUPE 1521-02) demand to join the Multi-sector Pension Plan is cost-neutral. It’s the perfect thing for a relatively small workplace not covered by other plans.

Other Association for Community Living employees are part of it, and the folks in Carleton Place are rightly asking, “why not us?”

Indeed. Ask the question of the Lanark ACL board yourself. More than 500 people have sent emails so far.